Pelham L. McClellan III, 61 years of age, was released from pain and suffering on January 26, 2020. His spirit is now free.
For 23 years he owned and operated the Market Street Brewing Company (The Brew Pub) with his wife, Theresa. He also owned and operated Pelham’s Upstate Tuna Co., both on Market Street in Corning, NY. Pelham took such pride in brewing as an art form.
As a pioneer in brewing, he was the Godfather to brewers in our area. For anyone who knew Pelham, he was much more than a business owner. His welcoming smile, gracious charm, and genuine caring made everyone feel special. To family, he was a gentle giant of a man, always extending himself to help, support and was always hopeful.
Pelham never gave up believing that the world could be a better place. Struggle was not foreign to him. Despite his serious health challenges, he had spirit and truly believed that each day was a gift. In turn, his life was a gift to every person who knew him.
In his calm and laid-back manner, anyone who shared his life journey felt safe, appreciated, and loved. Pelham believed in the importance of community and bringing people together from all walks of life, from all perspectives. He gave unconditional acceptance, never turning anyone away. He was a true pillar of strength from the inside out.
Pelham is survived by his wife, Theresa (Tufillaro) McClellan, the love of his life. He is also survived by his sons, Matthew Burris, John-Paul (Chelsey) Burris and Pelham L. McClellan, IV; awesome grandsons, Brady and Cooper Burris. He is also survived by his sister, Cameron (Edward) Lanphier; nephew, Ned (Betsy) Lanphier; nieces, Marnie and Liza Lanphier and Kate (John) Schmidts, all from Ross, CA; sisters-in-law, Loretta Tufillaro and Lolly Tufillaro; brother-in-law, John Tufillaro and the entire Tufillaro family who saw him as their brother, their father, their uncle and their friend. Many special friends including Don and Maryann Bruner, Doug and Beth Chamberlin, the Jersey Family and countless others, feel his loss deeply and celebrate his life.
Pelham was predeceased by his parents, Oakley (Everett) and Pelham L. McClellan, Jr., mother-in-law, Julia Tufillaro, who he adored and brothers-in-law James and Anthony Tufillaro.
As Pelham wished, he will be cremated. Calling hours will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM at The Victory Highway Wesleyan Church, 150 Victory Highway in Painted Post, NY where a Memorial Service will follow at 3:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Pelham's memory may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memorials Processing, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959, www.stjude.org.